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BOMA International Celebrates 2011 World Water Day with 10 Tips for Water Conservation

March 17, 2011


(WASHINGTON—March 17, 2011) In honor of the 2011 International World Water Day, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has compiled a list of ten tips to help commercial real estate professional conserve water in their buildings. Held annually on March 22, the goal of International World Water Day is to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, the event focuses on a specific theme; this year’s theme is Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.

“Because office buildings make up a large part of the built environment in cities around the globe, reducing water usage in commercial properties can have a substantial environmental impact,” remarked BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “By implementing some of these easy tips, property professionals will help make buildings more green and sustainable worldwide.”

Here are just a few ideas to help property professionals reduce water usage in their buildings:

  1. Benchmark water consumption through ENERGY STAR®
  2. Use a broom to clean driveways or sidewalks
  3. Landscape with perennial plants
  4. Install aerators in bathroom and break room sinks
  5. Install low-flow toilets and urinals
  6. Monitor activities with sensors, such as motion-sensor faucets
  7. Reduce water pressure
  8. Reset hot water thermostats to the lowest setting possible
  9. Turn off hot water heaters while building is unoccupied
  10. Harvest rainwater for landscaping

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the web at

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